What Can You Sue For In A Car Accident

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If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be wondering what you can sue for. Many different factors determine whether or not you can file a lawsuit after an accident.

Contact an experienced car accident lawyer with Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. today. A car accident lawyer will help you calculate your damages and file a claim to get the compensation you deserve.

What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

If you have been involved in a car crash, you should first seek medical attention. After you have been treated, you should contact a lawyer. A lawyer will help you figure out who is liable for your injuries.

It is also important to keep track of all of your expenses related to the accident. This includes medical bills, car repairs, and any other costs incurred due to the car wreck. Again, a car accident lawyer will help you file an insurance claim and submit these expenses to the liable party.

How Much Can I Sue For in a Car Accident Claim?

In most cases, the amount of damages you can recover is related to your injuries and losses. The amount you can sue for will depend on several factors, including the severity of your injuries and the total costs of your damages. Here are some common damages you can recover:

Wrongful Death Damages

If someone dies due to a car accident, their family may receive compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, and pain and suffering. This type of case is called a wrongful death lawsuit.

Pain and Suffering Damages

Pain and suffering is one of the most common types of compensation awarded in a car accident case. This includes any physical or emotional pain and anguish you have suffered due to the accident. A lawyer can help you calculate the value of your claim and make sure you receive the full amount you deserve.

Lost Wages

You can also receive compensation for lost income if you have missed work due to your car accident injuries. A lawyer will help you prove how much money you have lost and ensure that insurance companies pay what they owe.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are those that are awarded in order to punish the defendant for their actions. They are not available in every case, and different states have different standards to be able to recover punitive damages.  For example, to recover punitive damages, you must prove that the defendant was acting with actual malice.  This is very difficult to prove.   However, in Washington, DC you could recover punitive damages if the defendant was acting with reckless indifference to the rights of others.   While this is still a high standard, it requires proving reckless indifference, instead of actual malice.  

Is It Worth Suing After a Car Accident?

If you think you have a personal injury claim, it is important to speak to a car accident attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can help you evaluate your case and decide whether or not to sue. They will also guide you through the claims process and help you recover the maximum amount of damages possible.

How Are Car Accident Lawsuits Settled?

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A car accident lawsuit can be settled out of court or through mediation. However, in some cases, they may go to trial before being resolved. A personal injury lawyer will help you determine the best strategy for your case.

Settlements vs. Verdicts

In the case that the liable party, such as the other driver’s insurance company, fails to offer an appropriate settlement, your case will go to trial, and the jury will issue a verdict. This is the final decision in your case and represents the amount of money you will receive from the defendant(s).

Settlements are usually reached when both sides agree on a certain amount of money that the defendant will pay to the plaintiff.

What Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Can Do For You

The Washington, D.C. car accident lawyers with Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have a proven track record of success helping clients obtain the maximum compensation possible for injuries they have suffered due to the negligence of others. Our firm has consistently demonstrated we have the expertise needed to help our clients see that justice is served. We have the resources needed to conduct thorough investigations of all the circumstances contributing to a motor vehicle accident, gathering the evidence to establish liability and negligence.

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has achieved more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements, and our attorneys have more than a century of combined legal experience. Two of our partners are certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Our firm has also earned the highest AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, one of the most respected attorney-ranking service organizations in the United States. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. attorneys work passionately on behalf of our clients to help them secure fair compensation – there is no type of case that is too complex for us to litigate.

How Much Can I Get in a Car Accident Settlement?

The amount of your settlement will vary depending on the facts and circumstances of your case. To find out how much your case is worth, contact the personal injury attorneys of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. for a free consultation. Our experienced lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of car accidents obtain justice and fair compensation.

Here are a few of our case results:

  • $6 million for a client who suffered a brain injury after being involved in a rear-end collision.
  • $4.8 million for a severely injured client after another vehicle struck his motorcycle.
  • $1.9 million for a client who suffered a permanent back injury due to a car accident.
  • $1.5 million for a client who had to undergo multiple surgeries after a negligent motorist cut off his motorcycle.
  • $1 million settlement was obtained on behalf of our 19-year-old client who was a passenger in a car in which the driver lost control, causing a collision. As a result, our client suffered extensive brain damage with cognitive impairment. He was in a coma for an extended period of time. Although he has regained consciousness, he is unable to care for himself. The law firm asked the Court to appoint him a guardian to care for him. The law firm is helping to establish a special needs trust so that the proceeds from the settlement will be protected against any medical liens.
  • $1 million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered a brain injury when the driver of the car in which he was a passenger lost control of his vehicle.
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Contact an Accident Lawyer Today

If you are looking for the highest level of representation available for your personal injury case, turn to Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Our firm has helped clients recover more than $500 million in compensation, and we have more than 100 years of combined experience. All of our partners are recognized by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers®, and our firm includes three past presidents of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

 We work to help our clients obtain fair settlement offers to compensate them for the injuries they’ve suffered, but our attorneys are extremely well-equipped to go to trial if needed. Call (202) 659-8600  or contact us online to get the proven legal representation you deserve.

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